It's geek central this week as John Byrne looks at three fantasy-adventure US imports that run on various satellite channels
Reviewed: The Librarians (Monday, Universal); The Strain (Wednesdays, Watch); American Horror Story (Tuesday, Fox)
The one thing you can be guaranteed with American TV is that it'll keep coming up with something new. It mightn't be very good, or very good for too long, but you can't knock the creative process at work in terms of ideas, or even mixing a few old ingredients together to make something new.
Given the success of the BBC's ...
John Byrne’s TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Saturday Dec 13 – Friday Dec 19)
It's goodbye to The Fall, The X Factor and many more. The big plus is Frances McDormand in Olive Kitteridge as telly starts its wind-down to Christmas.
Pick of the week
The Fall, Wednesday, RTÉ One
Fans have had to wait a further three days to see how season two of this delightfully nasty drama ends up, and hopefully it'll be worth every single one of those extra 72 hours. The investigation headed by Gibson (Gillian Anderson) leads her to Spector ...
This week John Byrne checks out telly-watchers, yet another BBC music documentary, and a super-sized family reality show
Reviewed: Gogglebox (Fridays, Channel 4); The Story of Funk: One Nation Under a Groove (Friday, BBC Four); 17 Kids and Counting (Tuesdays, Channel 4)
We've moved way past irony at this stage. Take Gogglebox (Fridays, Channel 4) for example. It's a television show that shows people sitting on their sofas at home watching TV shows. It's almost as daft a concept as the Saturday afternoon show on Sky Sports News where viewers watch a selection of talking heads watching ...
John Byrne's TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Monday Dec 8 - Friday Dec 12).
This week John Byrne takes in two very different American procedurals and a couple of documentaries about pioneers.
John Byrne's TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Saturday Nov 29 - Friday Dec 5)
John Byrne's TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Saturday Nov 22 - Friday 28)
This week John Byrne takes in a documentary about Dublin's Glasnevin cemetery, the finales of two US dramas, a new series exploring science fiction, and Olly Murs being embarrassed by Graham Norton.
This week John Byrne takes in a fictitious newsroom, the latest look back at the 1970s, and family holidays with a difference.